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Steakholder Foods Enters US Market with Ready Blends for 3D Plant-Based Meat and Fish

Israeli bioprinting technology expert Steakholder Foods (Nasdaq: STKH) has entered the US market with the launch of SHMeat and SHFish; blended dried extracts of ingredients ready for mixing to create 3D plant-based alternatives.

The initial blends, Beef Steak and White Fish have been developed to replicate the taste and texture of traditional meat while delivering superior quality and flavor. Steakholder Foods plans to expand its plant-based offering with a range of other “exciting” blends to cater to various culinary preferences: Beef Asado, Beef Tenderloin, Beef Flank, Chicken Fillet, and Salmon.

According to the announcement, all the ingredients of the new blends have already achieved Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status, underscoring the company’s dedication to consumer health and safety. This move marks the company’s first step towards overseas expansion, offering consumers innovative and delicious plant-based alternatives.

Arik Kaufman, CEO of Steakholder Foods, shares, “As we introduce our SHMeat and SHFish blends to the US market, we stand at the cusp of a new era in food technology. Our advanced 3D printing technologies are not just a testament to innovation but also a commitment to sustainability and health.”

Steakholder Foods has entered the US market with the launch of SHMeat and SHFish, a blend of dry extract of ingredients ready for mixing to create 3D plant-based alternatives.
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Advanced food 3D printing

Originally known as MeaTech 3D, last year, Steakholder Foods expanded into another business model offering 3D printers and inks for cultivated and plant-based meat manufacturers.

The company’s production machines use advanced 3D food printing technologies. The Drop Location in Space printer can replicate the delicate and flaky texture of fish and seafood, while the Fused Paste Layering machine mimics meat’s fibrous mouthfeel. 

To demonstrate the capabilities of its printers and blends, Stakeholder Foods has introduced the world’s largest 3D-printed cultivated steak, the first 3D-printed cultivated fish fillet, and most recently, plant-based shrimp.

Steakholder Foods’ Dropjet 3D-printer. Photo by Shlomi Arbiv

As explained by the Israeli specialist, both machines are designed to work in traditional food factories, matching industry standards and following food safety regulations set by the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group.

Additionally, the company says it remains committed to ensuring that its production processes meet the requirements of FSMA, Good Manufacturing Practices, and other necessary regulations recommended by consultants. 

A more sustainable world

According to the company, the launch of SHMeat and SHFish blends will revolutionize the plant-based food industry by offering consumers unique and tasty alternatives.

Steakholder Foods highlights that it is seeking partnerships with companies in the plant-based meat and fish alternatives sector and traditional meat and fish producers to ensure a more ethical and environmentally friendly future in the food industry.

Kaufman adds, “We believe that our entry into the US market is a significant step towards a future where the food we eat contributes to a healthier society and a more sustainable world.”

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